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Review – Money In The Bank (2017)

Money In The Bank did not disappoint, it was a solid show from start to finish with some excellent wrestling at times and a few surprising moments. Controversy in the first ever Women’s MITB ladder match, a shocking debut and hopefully a few teases of things to come.

It’s vary rare for me to walk away from a WWE main roster PPV with a good overall opinion of it, but I was very happy with what happened. I see potential in all story lines and even though my favourite wrestlers didn’t win. I am content.

Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Winner: Carmella

054_mitb_06182017jg_0611-caa06542d3384264da149ee1e3b35a8cStraight in with the controversy! Oh the internet seems to be massively divided on this on. Some people despise the ending other people love it. I personally loved it.

In case you are unaware the finish of the match saw James Ellsworth tip Becky Lynch from the top of the ladder, proceed to climb the ladder, retrieve the briefcase and then drop it into Carmella’s waiting open arms. It was a complete mockery off a finish, showing complete disrespect to all of the women involved. This was their moment to show the world they could do it just as well as the men and it was ruined.

It was the PERFECT heel move. Absolutely brilliant! I mean, what a disgusting thing to do. To ruin the inaugural Women’s MITB ladder match by having a man decide the finish. The heat Carmella should receive from this is unreal. This is where a lot of people seem to be getting confused again. You didn’t like what the heel did? You aren’t meant to. It’s meant to rile you up!

The only problem I had with it was the confusing referee discussion after the bell rang. It made it seem like Shane McMahon or Daniel Bryan were going to come out and restart the match but never did. It clearly confused the crowd to who just stood there waiting for something to happen.

As for the match itself, I thought it was unfortunately a little sloppy. Certainly not the high standards we know the women can reach on their day. I certainly thought the ‘this is awesome’ chant early on was incredibly generous of the St Louis crowd. Not that anyone is going to remember the match itself its all about the finish.

I’m not entirely sure why the WWE made the creative choice of having all 5 women come out to the ring, then show a 3/4 minute video hyping up the match. Surely it would have made more sense to open the show with that promo package? As for the video itself, even more marketing bullshit promoting the women’s revolution. Stop patting yourselves on the back every chance WWE, it makes everything seem so much more forced and false.

Predictions: Money In The Bank (2017)

Money in the Bank is actually one of my favourite PPVs of the year. Unofficially its the real fourth member of the ‘big four’ (sorry Survivor Series), so I guess we could make it the big five? At least in my opinion anyway.

It’s actually one of my favourite match types as well. Ladder matches are always fun but then you’ve got such an interesting stipulation to play with as well. Will the winner cash in on the night? Will they bide their time and wait for the perfect time to strike? Or will they announce their chosen time to challenge fairly for the title. Potentially you’ve got a years worth of story lines being created in one match. I love it.

This year Money In The Bank is a Smackdown exclusive, which I really dig. You don’t need both shows having a briefcase each. Make it more exclusive, make in more unique and make it more important.

Having said that this year is the first year that the WWE are doing a women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match. So you can go ahead and scrap that more unique and exclusive nonsense I just spouted. Okay, so first of all I really like that they’re doing a women’s match. It will be really cool to see what they can all do and I love the idea that we’ll get to see them play out all of the possible ‘cash in’ story line options for the first time. It would be fantastic if they’d figured out a new, never seen before twist for this, but even if they do something we’ve seen before it will be with new people and a new spin.

However, I said the same thing when Raw and Smackdown had a Money In The Bank ladder match each or when WWE have three Hell In A Cell matches in one night. Less is more. The main problem is far too often they end up spreading themselves too thin, having to share out moments and spot ideas. After all you can’t have the same table spots two matches in a row, the crowd wont keep on popping for them. So potentially instead of having one brilliant match you get a few good ones, or worse average ones. Hopefully we get two excellent matches though.

I do wonder in what order they will lay out the match card though. Will they have the Money In The Bank matches before the Women’s and WWE Championship bouts allowing for cash in opportunities. Will they have one on the night at all? Would they have two?! That would be crazy and I bet few people would see it coming. I think its more likely that the winner of the women’s will cash in than the men’s though as I see Jinder holding the title for a while. Whoops, prediction spoilers…

Money In The Bank Ladder Match

20170602_mitb_womenladder-3c948664588094cfa324b23beefeafd1The first ever women’s Money In The Bank Ladder match. Will it be great or will it be a flop? I mean, hopefully it won’t be a flop…why would anyone hope for that? Weirdos.

I joke but in all seriousness this match, just like the Hell In A Cell match, the tables match and the Iron Man match has to deliver. Not just to shut up that section in the audience who just love to see things fail but to continue to show Vince McMahon that yes, the women in his company can be just as good as the men. I have complete faith that they have all the ability in the world to knock it out of the park, they just have to do it right on the night.

But who is going to win? Well, I think it’s between three ladies. Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Carmella.

Carmella?! I hear you cry. If there was ever a dark horse in this match it would be Carmella and I can just imagine James Ellsowrth following Carmella down to the ring each week carrying her briefcase for her. That image alone would be fantastic! I think I can rule out Natalya and Tamina without any second thought but Carmella (who I know a lot of people will say is the weakest of the group) could be a brilliant heel with that Money in the Bank contract up her sleeve.

Which leaves Charlotte, who is an obvious contender simply for being Charlotte and Becky Lynch. Now with Charlotte you have to think about who she would feud with, if Naomi is still champion I think it will be unlikely for Charlotte to win. That is of course unless WWE a thinking very long-term.

With Becky however, she has fallen from number one babyface on Smackdown AND Women’s Champion, to neither the champion or number one babyface. With Charlotte arguably taking over the role of face and Naomi obviously champion. Becky kind of needs the briefcase to stay relevant in the topper half of the division. Plus, you can go a few ways with her as Ms Money In The Bank, either as a face or perhaps with a heel turn. Which again, Charlotte probably wouldn’t do as she’s only just turned face.

My pick here is Carmella, thanks obviously to a massive assist from James Ellsworth.

Winner: Carmella

Roadblock [Review]

 

I’m going to get straight to the point. Roadblock: End Of The Line, much like most of WWE’s PPV’s this years biggest problem was that it felt like a slightly bigger episode of Monday Night Raw. Instead of feeling like a must see PPV event. Problem is, it was a PPV event and so I’m judging it as one. Which results in it being rated as a rather meh show rather than a top-notch episode of Raw that grabbed everyone’s attention.

There were some ups and there were some downs for this show and there were some questionable timing issues that I’ll get into later *cough, title changes*. Really though, it wasn’t a bad show it was just a run of the mill show and that leaves me disappointed. Hey, maybe it’s my fault, maybe I’m just too worn out by having to pay attention to so much wrestling. Raw, Smackdown, 205 Live, NXT, PPV’s every 2 weeks. Hours upon hours of content. Maybe it’s just too much.

Before I begin, Rusev verses Big Cass was put on the pre-show. What an absolute waste. They spend that much time over the past few weeks building up a story (even if it did paint Rusev as the bad guy for no reason) and then you waste it on the pre-show. Pointless.

Tag Team Titles: New Day vs. Cesaro & Sheamus

20161212_roadblock_match_newdaysheamuscesaro-3b28a59de319baaa70800953da36f488As I mentioned before I knew the result from the PPV before watching it and I’ll admit I had some preconceived conceptions of a lot of the show. This match being one of them.

In my opinion New Day losing the titles so soon after breaking Demolitions record only goes to prove that Vince only wanted it broken to spite them as they are currently involved in a law suit against the company. I feel like it trivialised a great moment for Xavier, Kofi and Big E.

Personally I would have turned slow turned them heel a few months ago as they became more and more desperate to break the record. Then after breaking the record I would have continued them on their cheating ways, still desperate to keep the belts. I feel that when they eventually lost the titles, perhaps at Wrestlemania, it would have made not only that title change mean so much more but the new record itself.

But no, they lose the titles a week after breaking the record. It’s a damn shame.

052_road_12182016hm_1611-c0c13605589d854d255b9a4398cbcec5Now, having watched the match I still feel that way but my frustrations are lessened. Why? Because was a great match, with an awesome story that why! It got off to a fantastic start with a floury of quick paced reversals, flips and one-up-man-ships between Kofi and Cesaro. The high energy pace was kept up for the entire match and there were plenty of false finishes that had the crowd hooked as well. I loved Xavier Woods trying to cheat on several occasions so that they could keep the titles and when Shaemus scored the pinfall the crowd were delighted.

In short, it was a great match and I do think on the night the right team won really. However, I still feel like WWE have not only managed the last few months of New Days title run poorly but they’ve also wasted it.

Don’t get me wrong I like Cesaro and Shaemus, their heel/face dynamic works brilliantly and we’ve all been proved wrong about them being put together. Short term, good match, great moment. Long term, wrong time and wrong place.

Sami Zayn vs.Braun Strowman

This feud is dumb. The stipulation is dumb. Mick Foley is an absolute idiot. That pretty much sums up my opinions before and after this match.

The thing is I actually like the idea of this feud. I’m enjoying Strowman (never thought I’d say that!) and Sami is obviously an incredible underdog talent (without being as annoying as the likes of Rey Mysterio etc). Yet pretty much everything about this feud has revolved around the fact that Mick Foley is a complete moron. His random, ridiculous decisions make it seem like he’s lost his mind. That’s not the angle they’re going for though!

Somehow the match has been booked that all Sami has to do is last 10 minutes and he wins. It’s not classed as a time limit draw, he actually wins the match. What the hell is that logic? Here is a man who has beaten the current Universal Champion on multiple occasions and suddenly Mick Foley is booking him to last 10 minutes to prove to the ‘WWE Universe’ why they should believe in him. We already do Mick!

To make matters worse, Braun Strowman had this match won after 5 minutes, but lifted Zayn’s shoulders off the mat so he could continue to beat him. So really, Zayn lost. How does that make him look tough?

Foley then comes out with a towel, apparently he’s allowed to do that, to call the match off. 2 minutes of the 10 are wasted as Braun tells him to throw in the towel while Sami says no. Then, for the finish Strowman runs into a lot of things while the clock runs down. It’s just so stupid.

Then Sami Zayn celebrates his ‘victory’. Put your hand down Sami, you look like an idiot.

 

Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho

20161209_roadblock_match_rollinsjericho-7978728083dabe6447994a67685b0c7aHow many times have we seen Chris Jericho verses Seth Rollins in the past few months? Too many that’s for sure. It;s sad that this is how I feel about a Rollins/Jericho match though because I love both guys. Jericho has been by far the most entertaining thing on Raw recently and while Rollins has suffered the same fate as all WWE babyfaces (i.e. sounding like little John Cena’s with their ‘funny jokes’) I still think he’s brilliant.

In truth I’m not sure I understand Seth Rollins as a babyface. He’s only just recently decided that he wants revenge on Triple H, despite Triple H turning on him 4 months ago. However, instead of going to find him. He went after the Universal Title, which Jericho cost him several times. Hence this match up, even though we’ve seen it before…

Listen, there’s never going to be a bad match between Rollins and Jericho. the problem is that it doesn’t really mean anything. This isn’t the feud Rollins wants and it’s not the feud Jericho should have either. This logic might explain why the crowd were so quiet at the start of the match, because nothing really mattered. However, it’s got to be said that they won the crowd back over in time for the finish so it’s all good.

There was a fantastic pedigree reversal sequence eventually turning into the Walls of Jericho, which was lovely to watch too. So that’s great.

Towards the finish Kevin Owens comes out to help Chris, but ends up getting sent away. A few moments and a pedigree later Rollins wins the match. The main point here is that the pedigree from Rollins actually looked decent too. Normally he let’s go of the arms way to soon, but for this one he held on that little bit longer and the entire move looked more impactful. I liked it. Still nothing on the real thing though…

 

Cruiserweight Championship

Brian Kendrick is The Man With The Plan. TJ Perkins is some video game dabbing douche bag and Rich Swann likes dancing. Cool, I don’t care. And neither did the crowd it seems. The best part of this match was Austin Aries coming out to do commentary.

A botched leap-frog in the opening minute of the match gets nothing from the crowd, that’s how little they cared. And who can blame them?! The Cruiserweight division is awful. WWE should have kept it as a yearly tournament on the Network.

Michael Cole says that “205 Live is the most exciting hour on your TV, only on the WWE Network.” That’s not on TV then is it Michael, you bloody idiot! Meanwhile, when asked who the favourite is Aries replies “I would be if I was in there”. His right you know. I hope he doesn’t join the Cruiserweight division though, I don’t want to see his talents wasted.

Perkins, like an absolute idiot, breaks his kneebar submission when Swann gets to the ropes. The commentary team call him out for being an absolute muggins. Rightly so.

The match is only 6 minutes, but it felt a lot, lot longer. Swann retains. Poor from everyone. Thankfully, Neville (the man creative forgot) FINALLY returns and kicks the piss out of both Perkins and Swann. The crowd finally show some interest!

Also has anyone noticed that Swann kind of looks like a sex pest when dancing with that creepy smile? While I’m insulting people, heel Neville looks like he’s doing his best Gollum impression when scowling…

Sasha Banks (c) vs. Charlotte Flair

This is the last match apparently. Yeah right. Whatever. You know you’ve had too many title changes when the promo package has to cut out two of them! Charlotte and Sasha are now 4 time and 3 time champions. The title has only been around since Wrestlemania! That’s ridiculous! After a point, each title change means less and less. I feel like they could have told a similar story of them being equal without swapping the belt every 30 seconds.

174_road_12182016jg_0788-6968703fd1335099793c8e0db371f3cdSure, its been unpredictable but at the same time its become really predictable. Never mind the fact that Charlotte having such a good PPV record means literally nothing if she loses the title once a month on Raw. Meanwhile, Sasha who wins the Title on Raw loses it at the first opportunity and it loses it’s sparkle each time it happens. I really hope this is the last match between these two for a while.

It’s a messy match. Lots of little mistakes. Including Sasha’s first fall to bring it level. It looked rubbish. The final figure spot lasted forever but Sasha still looked like an absolute moron tapping out with 2 seconds left. She did it, in NXT and she’s done it again here. Useless, why are wrestlers so dumb?

So it goes to over time and Sasha gets a bloody nose. It’s so weird seeing blood in a Women’s match even if it is accidental. Oddly the commentary don’t mention it at all. Sasha ends up locked in the Figure 8 again and has to tap out again and so Charlotte becomes a 4 time Champion.

Unlike with the Tag Team Title match, that won me over and made me change (most of) my opinion in the title change. I still feel the same here. This could have been seen as an awesome performance from Charlotte to regain her title (and it was) but it just means that little bit less as I’ve seen it so many times.

Kevin Owens (c) vs. Roman Reigns

20161205_roadblock_match_romanowens-a4bed34775c8b7c7ce772b6e1830a10eI’m honestly amazed that Roman Reigns even knew where the US Title was to being it out. Did you now he was the US Champion? I too almost forgot. Hey do you remember when Seth Rollins was both the US Champion and WWE Champion and he had to defend both titles on the same night? Why doesn’t Reigns have to do similar?
The finish of the match sees Chris Jericho hit Kevin Owens with the Codebreaker, so Roman Reigns is disqualified. The commentary team think Jericho has turned on Owens, but it was all a ruse! He gives Kevin back his title and the two embrace. It’s obvious these two will still feud at somepoint in the future (although, part of me would be fine if they never did) but hopefully we’ll get at least a month of them being smug best friends again becuase that was great.

208_road_12182016hm_4661-168cfad0531f673d16ca286dcc2380eeSuddenly we’re transported to an episode of Raw. As Rollins comes out to help Roman get revenge and the two put Jericho and Owens through the announce tables. I mean that in negative you can imagine. So many of these extra PPV’s just end up feeling like Raw and Smackdown. They feel so…not special.

Also, I completely hate the fact that Reigns and Rollins are now buddies again. I know you’re both good guys right now but you two still have some serious bad blood! The fact you get on again makes zero sense and quite frankly. I think it sucks.

On the plus side, Reigns didn’t win.

 

 

Roadblock [Predictions]

Oh God. Not another WWE PPV. There’s just too many. Talk about quantity over quality.

The thing is, none of the PPVs since the brand split have been ‘bad’ (although Class of Champions was rather dull) it’s just that there’s so many of them, so close together, that it’s hard to care. They just don’t feel special anymore. In fact you could argue that they didn’t already before the brand split, too many ‘B’ PPVs filling the gaps with meh content. Well now it’s even worse.

It’s been two weeks since TLC. Two weeks before that it was Survivor Series. I really hope the rumours are true in that WWE are going to reduce the number of shows next year, otherwise I’m going to have to start missing them too. I already don’t watch the TV shows due to over saturation, instead catching up on Youtube. If I’m over saturated by PPVS, somethings really wrong!

Anyway, rant over. let’s do some predictions!

Big Cass vs. Rusev

20161209_roadblock_match_cassrusev-9e586fb7aafb773764d99074903057f4Can someone explain to me why Rusev is the bad guy here? Enzo flirts with Lana (although flirts is a loose term for has his dick out in front of her), goes to a hotel room to have sex with Lana and yet Rusev is the bad guy. How?! This is almost as bad as when Reigns was the good guy, despite interrupting their wedding celebrations and generally being a massive dick (haha both storylines involve dicks), Rusev is just protecting his wife and fighting for her honour. It doesn’t make sense.

What makes even less sense is Big Cass trying to fight Rusev for rightfully beating some manners into Enzo.

I’m fine with Cass putting on a good showing against Rusev, keep him looking good for when Vince breaks him and Enzo up for a failed singles push. I just want to see Rusev with the victory at the end of the match, preferably via submission. I don’t think there’s any shame in Cass tapping out to The Accolade. Besides, after Roman refused to submitted to it with a chain in his mouth, it needs to be built back up a smidge.

Winner: Rusev

Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho

20161209_roadblock_match_rollinsjericho-7978728083dabe6447994a67685b0c7aHow many times have we seen this match in the last month? And how many of those has Seth Rollins won? Do we really need to see it again?

I love Chris Jericho and I’m still a huge Rollins fan, despite WWE’s bungled face run since his return from injury, but this just reeks of everything I always complain about. The same old matches, over and over again. It’s not going to get more people to buy the WWE Network that’s for sure.

I just can not see Jericho winning this match, which makes the whole thing even more pointless. I do however, expect it to be a very entertaining match but that only gets you so far.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Cruiserweight Title: Rich Swann (c) vs. T.J. Perkins vs. The Brian Kendrick

I’m really sorry, but I just don’t care about the cruiserweight division. In hindsight this was always going to happen. Actually I said it years ago that if WWE brought it back it would be a disaster, but never mind. They should have just kept it as a yearly Cruiserweight Classic on the Network, that would have been great.

Instead we’re lumbered with characterless, small guys who aren’t allowed to wrestle the style they want too. Meanwhile the rest of the roster (and wrestling world) wrestles like cruiserweights. Amazing.

Winner: Rich Swann

Tag Team Titles: The New Day vs. Cesaro and Sheamus

Edit: Completely forgot to do my predictions for this match, so I’m adding it in late. D’oh!

20161212_roadblock_match_newdaysheamuscesaro-3b28a59de319baaa70800953da36f488Now that the New Day have finally beaten Demolitions tag team record we can all move on and focus on new things. New opportunities, new stories and new champions. Hold your horses though, what would be the point in New Day beating the record only to lose at the very next opportunity? None, it would make the entire thing a waste of time.

Instead, I want them to tighten their strangle hold on the division but actually have it play into the story-lines this time. New Day have kept the championships around their waists with some rather underhanded tactics, but nothings really been made of it.

I say, go all in with it. New Day have been getting stale recently (mainly because they couldn’t really do anything new while waiting for this record to be broken) so a slow burn heel turn as they cling onto the belts would be brilliant. Have them become more and more desperate as teams get closer to beating them. Then, at a big PPV (probably Wrestlemania as the Royal Rumble is too close) have them finally lose.

Make this record mean something and it will be so much more important when they eventually do get beaten.

Winners: New Day

Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman

Don’t even get me started on Mick Foley during this Sami Zayn/Strowman feud. It’s a bloody disaster zone making everyone look incredibly stupid. I just don’t understand what Foley’s character is trying to do.

All I know is it’s too early for Strowman to lose and Sami Zayn hasn’t had much direction since he beat Kevin Owens months ago. This storyline isn’t damaging Zayn, but it isn’t doing him any favours, it’s just presented in a really dumb way.

The most curious thing is that the match has a 10 minute time limit, which will obviously come into play. Perhaps a draw is on the horizon? I actually really like time limits in matches, I think they should be used far more often, if not always. It can be used as an alternative story telling method for title matches on TV in which both competitors can look good, but the title doesn’t have to change hands. Instead of interference or Roman Reigns beating the Champion clean each week etc.

Winner: Draw

Women’s Title: Sasha Banks (c) vs Charlotte Flair

20161005_hiac_match_sasha-db732d9daef5ab45184204c9bc65546fLook everyone, women can do gimmick matches as well! Is basically what I feel WWE are shouting at us all while patting themselves on the back as hard as possible.

Okay first of all, this feud has had too many title changes. It’s absolutely nuts. I get that they’re proving themselves to be equal etc but God damn. Dial it down a notch. Sasha is the current champion having won the title on an episode of Raw for the 3rd straight month (I’m not joking) meanwhile Charlotte always wins on PPV.

Is this the PPV match Charlotte finally loses or is this trend going to continue forever and be milked to death by the time Wrestlemania comes around? Well, either way this match has no ‘rematch clause’ so it’s the end of the feud. Do I really believe that? No not really.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say That Sasha Banks will finally break Charlotte’s PPV winning streak. However, saying that I really wouldn’t be surprised if we saw another title change. Though I would be rather annoyed.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of these two women having an Iron Woman match. It does fit with the story of them trading so many victories. It’s just that with so many gimmick matches coming in quick succession (Hell In A Cell, Becky verse Alexa in a tables match at TLC and now this) it does feel slightly forced and rushed. Considering that we’ve never really seen these matches before (yes I know Sasha verses Bayley in NXT) I just think it would be better to space them out.

For example, NXT doesn’t do gimmick matches that often and when they do it tends to end a feud. It would be weird for them to suddenly just throwing them out every show from now on.

Winner: Sasha Banks

Universal Title: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Roman Reigns

20161205_roadblock_match_romanowens-a4bed34775c8b7c7ce772b6e1830a10eDid you know that Roman Reigns is the US Champion? I’ll forgive you for not knowing because a) he never has it with him on Raw b) he never defends it c) WWE have also clearly forgotten he is champion.

So instead of continuing the great work done by John Cena and Rusev is bring some prestige back to the title, we’re just going to ignore it and have Reigns focus on the Universal Title instead. Because obviously he’s more important than the US Title…

What’s the point in him even having the God damn thing. DAMMIT WWE.

Reigns has had the best of Owens for the last few weeks on Raw, because who likes having a strong champion anyway. Luckily that does mean that Owens will probably retain via shenanigans, because who wants a clean victory anyway.

Maybe the Jericho/Owens fallout is a massive bluff to fool everyone? Or maybe, WWE will actually put the title back on Roman as they continue to be obsessed with him being the number one in the company. Despite the fact the audience absolutely hate him

Winner: Kevin Owens

Wrestlemania 32 Predictions

Wrestlemania is almost upon us again and it’s time to make some more predictions. First of all, what are the chances it will live up to the quality of NXT Takeover? Slim I’d say personally, but the opportunities are there. After all, last years Wrestlemania didn’t look that strong heading in but it ended up being a fantastic show. It was a really case of everything going right on the night. WWE are going to need that again on Sunday and then some!

I’m writing these predictions on my flight over to Dallas so let’s not waste anytime getting stuck in.

Pre-Show

We’ve got four matches on the Pre-Show this year and non of them are exciting. The Battle Royal is literally the ‘we didn’t have any actual plans for you’ group. The divas tag match is another pathetic attempt to advertise Total Divas. The Usos are boring, yet over as babyfaces and as for Kalisto verse Ryback. Give me a break.

US Title – Kalisto (c) vs Ryback

Let’s be honest, if we’d all be given the option of a multi-man ladder match or a singles match for either the Intercontinental Championship or the US Title. We’d have all chosen the ladder match for the US Title and focused on a meaningful feud between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Alas, the WWE have got it the wrong way round, unfortunately we don’t even get a meaningful feud this way.

Ryback has recently turned heel returning to his ‘big bully who hates small people’ persona. Which let’s be honest was rubbish the previous time around. Meanwhile Kalisto’s title runs haven’t exactly set the world on fire.

Personally I can’t see the point on Kalisto staying Champion if he isn’t doing anything with it. I also can’t see the point in Ryback being Champion either though. That said, if this heel run is ever going to take off he needs to win big. Simple as that.

Winner: Ryback

Divas Tag Team Match

Once again WWE have forced Total Divas into another Wrestlemania feud. Oh joy. This time around we have Team B.A.D and Blonde vs The Total Divas. I’ll be honest with you. I couldn’t give a monkeys about this match.

There’s only two talking points. Firstly Emma is involved which is great news for her as she’s been doing awesome work as a heel since she returned to NXT. Secondly and probably more importantly. WWE decided to put Eva Marie on the babyface team. That’s right, hated diva Eva Marie. The same woman who generates more heat that anyone else on NXT is supposed to get cheers. Not gonna happen WWE.

Sorry Vince, once again you’re out of touch with how the fans think.

Winners: Total Divas, but who really cares.

The Usos vs The Dudley Boys

Another match that I’m finding it hard to get into. There’s no denying that The Usos are a popular tag team and there’s also no denying that The Dudleys are one of, if not, the best tag teams ever. It just feels like since their return they’ve done very little and keep getting stuck in long, drawn out feuds that never really go anywhere.

I suppose I’m really just waiting for a Bubba Ray singles run ala Bully Ray in TNA. I’m not expecting one however. Long and short of it, The Usos will win in what hopefully will be a decent match. That won’t set the world on fire.

Winner: The Usos

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Completing the pre-show is the Battle Royal. Also known as the Jobbers Battle Royal by those more cynical. In honesty I don’t know who will win this but if I had to put money on it, I’d say it would be one of The Wyatt Family. It doesn’t matter though, it means litereally nothing to win the match. Perhaps however this will be the year that this all changes, maybe this year it will finally be the kick start to someones career.

Winner: Braun Strowman

Main Show

AJ Styles vs Chris Jericho VI

20160303_wm32-keyart_match_ajstylesjericho_1920x1080-254cf568c0871ceb096414387d8d10e6If you’d have told me before the Royal Rumble that we’d be seeing Chris Jericho verses AJ Styles at Wrestlemania I’d have snapped your hand off. If you’d have then have told me it would be their fourth match, I’d have told you to shut your mouth. In recent WWE tradition we’ve seen a good thing too many times, too quickly to get truly excited about it.

It’s similar to how we saw Kevin Owens verses Dolph Ziggler on Raw 8,000,000 times this year. It doesn’t matter though as just like those matches between Owens and Ziggler, this is going to be another good match.

It should be a great match and I’ve got faith both men can deliver. At the very least if we don’t see a great match it’ll be a good match but more importantly it will help put AJ Styles on the WWE map.

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Raw Talk [01/02/16]

006_raw_02012016ej_0062-3005646238Raw this week came live from Birmingham Alabama. There was plenty to look forward to on this weeks episode; more AJ Styles, Brock Lesnar, New Day, the continuation of the first Divas feud in years to actually have a storyline and more teases for a (hopefully) upcoming Chris Jericho heel turn. Yet there was plenty to be concerned about as well; more boring Authority promos, more awkward and smug Roman Reigns segments and an increasingly weak roster as injuries continue to mount up. It makes me wonder who I’m actually going to see at Wrestlemania this year.

Unfortunately it was another generally quiet crowd for Raw this week, which never helps a show. It can hinder good segments let alone killing bad ones. Nothing particularly ‘Ugly’ about the show but I’ve got quite a few problems, so with that in mind, lets look at The Good and The Bad from Raw this week.

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Raw Talk [30/11/15]

Hello and welcome to what will become a weekly recap/look back on all the good, the bad and the ugly of WWE’s Monday Night Raw. Today we’re talking about Raw [30/11/15] which was live from Pittsburgh and all in all wasn’t a terrible show.

The Good

  • You can’t say they aren’t trying to make Sheamus more interesting since he won the title. Dare I say, he’s actually been bareable to watch these last two Raws since Surivor Series! It helps that he’s been paired more with The New Day who are always fantastic at the moment. The addition of The League of Nations will also help rebuild the Sheamus brand into more of a main event threat after months of looking like a joke of a mid carder. Though that is going to take a lot of work for him to be truely taken seriously once more.
  • Speaking of The New Day, the trio were on commentary during the number one contenders match for the tag titles and did a better job than the actual announcers, who legit get paid to do that very job. Not only were they entertaining on commentary, they then caused a double disqualification so that it resulted in there being no number one contender at all. Only to backfire completely and now have to deal with a triple threat match instead!
  • Sasha Banks had another match on TV, which is only ever a good thing even if it was against Brie Bella. Now all she needs is a proper storyline to sink her teeth into and we’ll be laughing! Sidenote: Can anyone tell me if Team Bella are babyface or heel? I feel like it’s kind of important to the storyline even if WWE don’t.
  • I couldn’t decide where to place this one. On the one side the 7 on 4 main event was a complete clusterfuck, yet on the other it did leave the newly formed League of Nations and The New Day looking pretty dominant. Which is something they really need right now in order to build them up as a proper threat. So good job on that. Though, why we have to have a sudden rebuilding of Rusev, Sheamus, Barret and Del Rio is slightly concerning in the first place. But I’ll let it slide due to injuries this time.

The Bad

  • Yet more 50/50 booking. This time between Tyler Breeze and Dolph Ziggler in a completely unecessary rematch of their Survivor Series bout. This time Ziggler gets the win, which succeeds in achieving absolutely nothing for either man. WWE just don’t seem to be trying to get the Tyler Breeze character over on the main roster, yes he was popular down at NXT and did fantastic work, but the reality is most people who watch Raw don’t know who he is. What WWE need to do is help him build momentum. He needs some big wins, more promo time and more importantly he needs to be protected. How many times has he lost already since he came up to the main roster?! Also another sidenote, Ziggler beat Breeze with a superkick. A superkick actaully won match for somebody! It’s unheard of!
  • Lana and Rusev have lost their magic. That down right awful fued they had with Ziggler and Summer Rae has all but killed everyones momentum (although you could argue that Ziggler and Summer Rae never had any to begin with). How far has Rusev fallen since his fued with John Cena? Miles. He lost so many matches and completely lost direction, hopefully now he’s with The League of Nations that can all start to change though. Also Sidenote, why did we A) Boo Rusev for going to check on his lady after she got hurt & B) cheer for Ryback who won by count out after causing the injury to Lana in the first place?!
  • Oh look it’s another rehash of ECW originals VS other people. This time the other people just so happen to be The Wyatt family who are looking for their dignity after being easily beaten by two semi-retired old men. Tommy Dreamer? Cool. We all wanted Spike Dudley (not that he was ever going to come)
  • A very predictable end to the World Title Match. Roman Reigns wins by DQ? Who saw that coming?! WWE painted themselves into a corner with all the stipulations they kept adding to this match. It became very clear that this was the only possible outcome. Now I’ve said it before, predictable doesn’t actually mean bad, sometimes you want it in fact. However sometimes predictable is just predictable and that means, kinda boring.

The Ugly

  • What am I suppose to believe happened to John Cena? I know he isn’t dead as there wasn’t a tribute video. The authority hasn’t suspended him, he hasn’t been fired. He wasn’t put through a table and injured by Alberto Del Rio. So where is he and why won’t anyone mention his name? ITS BLOODY WIERD. This is a problem WWE have these days; they don’t conclude even the simplest of storylines. Need I remind you of the anonymous Raw general manager?
  • Adam Rose. What are they doing to you man? What’s the point?
  • The really forced and awkward set ups to all the different match stipulations needs for TLC in a few weeks. The only real question is “Are we getting another stairs match and how much do I need to pay not to have to watch another stairs match?”
  • Is their a character in all of WWE that is wetter than Becky Lynch? Ever since she was promoted to join the ‘Divas Revolution’ she’s basically been playing the loveable, yet naive sidekick to the Paige and Charlotte. Which is a polite way of saying she loses all the time. This past week was no different when she lost to Charlotte who cut a semi heel promo afterwards about ‘tough love’. Yet Charlotte is the number one babyface for the divas division right now, so that doesn’t make any god damn sense! If the creative team didn’t have anything proper for her to do on the main roster they should have left her in NXT where she was starting to properly excel!